Upcoming COCA Call


2019–2020 Recommendations for Influenza Prevention and Treatment in Children: An Update for Pediatric Providers
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Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm (Eastern Time)

Influenza remains a serious threat to children due to its potential to cause significant morbidity and mortality. More than 125 influenza-associated deaths in children were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during the 2018–2019 influenza season. Clinicians play a critical role in taking action to immunize children, the children’s family members and caregivers, and themselves. The early use of antivirals in children can reduce the duration of symptoms and prevent serious complications of influenza. However, immunization remains the most effective way to prevent influenza illness and its complications, including death.

During this COCA call, subject matter experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and CDC will discuss strategies pediatric providers can use to improve influenza prevention and control in children for the 2019–2020 influenza season.

If you are unable to attend this live COCA Call, it will be available on-demand a few days after the call. Free continuing education (CE) will be available until October 2021. 

Recent COCA Calls


Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Product Use or Vaping: Information for Clinicians

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2019
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm (Eastern Time)

CDC reviewed e-cigarette and vaping terminology, clinical features reported among cases of lung injury in recent outbreaks, and CDC recommendations for clinicians.


HHS and CDC Recommendations to Expand the Use of Naloxone—A Life-saving, yet Underutilized Drug for Reversing Opioid Overdose

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm (Eastern Time)

During this COCA Call, clinicians learned about HHS and CDC recommendations for the prescribing or dispensing of naloxone to patients at risk for opioid overdose.

Free CE will be available until October 2021. 

On-Demand COCA Calls 


COCA Calls offer the most up-to-date information and guidance for clinicians about key emergency preparedness and response topics and emerging public health threats. If you were unable to attend a live call, you may view it on-demand. Free CE is available for most COCA Calls.

Training and Conference Opportunities


E-learning Institute Fellowship (ELI)


Create better training with expert help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Foundation. If you develop training for your organization, we invite you to apply to CDC’s free, six-month, virtual E-Learning Institute (ELI) Fellowship. Applicants do not need to have formal education in training development; our skilled training developers serve as mentors for the fellows. Learn more about ELI and apply before October 25th! 


RELAUNCH: CDC’s Yellow Fever Vaccine Course 


"Yellow Fever Vaccine: Information for Health Care Professionals Advising Travelers" is a two-module course that provides current and comprehensive information on—

  • History and epidemiology of yellow fever,
  • Appropriate travel and pre-travel consultations,
  • Making appropriate decisions regarding the vaccination,
  • Vaccine recommendations and safety,
  • Best practices within yellow fever vaccination clinics,
  • International Health Regulations and Certificate Requirements, and
  • Becoming a designated yellow fever vaccination provider.

The course is available on CDC TRAIN. A certificate of completion is available to anyone who completes the course, regardless of CE status. 


COCA Partner Trainings
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Find information about upcoming trainings and conferences organized or sponsored by federal agencies or COCA partner organizations, including non-federal organizations. The page includes updated information about conferences from September–December 2019.


Public Health Grand Rounds

Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion about major public health issues. The Grand Rounds sessions also highlight how CDC and its partners are already addressing these challenges and discuss recommendations for future research and practice. Visit Grand Rounds On-Demand to browse upcoming and previous presentations. Free CE is available for most topics.



Looking for training about other public health topics? CDC TRAIN, CDC's online learning system, provides access to more than 1,000 courses that CDC programs, grantees, and other funded partners have developed. CDC has approved and verified courses offered by CDC providers. 


CDC Learning Connection

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Discover CDC Learning Connection’s featured training for September!

Foodborne Outbreaks


September is National Food Safety Education Month. Learn the basics of environmental assessments during a foodborne outbreak investigation with the Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence’s Environmental Assessment Quick Train.


Sign up for a free monthly e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on public health trainings from CDC, other federal agencies, and federally funded partners. 


Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources

Learn about emergency preparedness and response training resources that CDC, other federal agencies, and COCA partners offer, including scheduled and on-demand courses. Be sure to view these valuable resources.

COCA partners, do you have a training course that is related to emergency preparedness and response? If so, send an email to coca@cdc.gov and we will include your course.


COCA Partner Spotlight 

COCA is pleased to feature the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in our September COCA Partner Spotlight!
When disaster strikes, people need health professionals they can count on to protect health and augment healthcare systems to stabilize patients and save lives. Disasters like Hurricane Sandy, the tornadoes in Joplin, MO, and the flooding in Louisiana have shown that major disasters can overwhelm state, local, tribal and territorial resources. When that happens, NDMS is there to help fill in the gaps, supplementing health and medical systems and response capabilities.

NDMS professionals also serve behind the scenes at many large-scale national events, like the Presidential Inauguration and the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, where there is the potential need for a cadre of trained medical professionals to provide help when seconds count.

When NDMS is called into action at the request of state, local, tribal or territorial authorities or by other federal departments, these medical professionals provide patient care, patient movement, and definitive care; contribute veterinary services; furnish fatality management support; and more.

Partnerships with professional associations are vital to CDC’s ability to share information with clinicians about public health emergencies, CDC guidance, health alert messages, and training opportunities.


Clinician's Corner 

Picture of William SchaffnerWelcome to the Clinician’s Corner! Each month, we feature a CDC clinician, a clinician who has collaborated with COCA, or a presenter from a COCA Call. This month we’re excited to feature William Schaffner, MD.

Dr. Schaffner is medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. He also serves as a hospital epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and as the NFID liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Dr. Schaffner is active in the field of infectious disease research and has authored or co-authored more than 400 published studies, reviews, and book chapters on infectious diseases. He currently serves on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals, including the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vaccine, and the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. He is a featured blog author for The Huffington Post and Infectious Disease News.

Dr. Schaffner has worked extensively on the effective use of vaccines in both pediatric and adult populations. He is a strong proponent of collaboration between academic medical centers and public health institutions. Listen to Dr. Schaffner present during a past COCA Call: The Role of Healthcare Professionals in Protecting Older Adults against Influenza. Free CE is available until November 2019.



Health Care Professional (HCP) Fight Flu Toolkit

Whether you’re a primary care physician, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care professional (HCP), you play a significant role in helping protect your patients against influenza. The best available protection is annual influenza vaccination for all patients ages 6 months and older. Your strong influenza vaccine recommendation is one of the most important factors in your patients accepting the vaccine.

The HCP Fight Flu Toolkit provides resources to prepare your practice to fight flu. The materials will—

  • Equip you to make strong influenza vaccine recommendations
  • Facilitate productive conversations with your patients
  • Improve your influenza vaccination rates


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